The Plan

Last year, a high school lifter I was training had a goal of going to the Texas State High School championships. So we came up with a plan for the fast lifting season. We laid out the numbers to hit at each meet and that would qualify her for the State meet. I’ve wrote about Katy before, I’m about as proud of her and her hard work as if she were my own. So when she’d have an easy second lift, I was occasionally asked by one of her folks if she’s going up further on her 3rd attempt. My reply? Nope, we stick to the plan. The goals of each meet were geared to the the final goal of the season. And she got as close as you can without hitting it. In her final meet (and State qualifier) her coach called her up each squat attempt too early making her miss her easy final two attempts. I was on a work trip and unable to SCREAM at her to just hit the bottom like she knows and stop listening to her coach! (Yes, I’m getting worked up about it AGAIN! Fracking coach.)


Now it’s my turn to lay out a plan for the upcoming throwing season. Admittedly my first full season. I get to celebrate my 46th birthday with my first games of the year and I’m very excited. This will be less than a week after we get back from Finland to watch Bigg fulfill his own goals at his first Champions League competition after his bicep tear in Gibraltar last summer.

Now, it’s easy to force someone else to stick to the plan but not so much myself. I’m uber competitive and while I believe my goals need to be small improvements with the events through the season, I need to remind myself (prolly a lot) not to get sidetracked by the desire to win and force something I’m not ready for.

The Shamrock Games in Springfield IL will be my first time with two of the events and a little practice with events I did last fall. And that’s how my goals are planned out. I’m not expecting to PR every games, that would be silly. But I do expect to learn; enjoy the camaraderie of the people; and hopefully have fun with the Bigg man and the Oz man.

As long as I stick to The Plan, I’ll have a successful season.

About tosabarbell

For training opportunities at tosabarbell, call or text Juli at 320-296-9313. tosabarbell is a private, home grown gym with three lifting platforms; squat rack; prowlers; throwing implements; bars, bumpers and everything else needed for an effective strength and conditioning program. Straightforward barbell programming including the Olympic lifts; sound (read: not fancy bullshit) diet advance for weight gain or loss; and strong coaching will ensure you will meet your goals such as becoming stronger, more explosive, and better conditioned. Juli has been coaching teams and athletes for over 20 years. She grew up participating in various sports at various levels but was always drawn to those that require strength training. She is a 2-time Master's Amercian Weightlifting Champion and holds six Master's American records. She is a Master's Weightlifting National Champion and holds three National records. She is a Master's Weightlifting World Championships Silver Medalist in 2016. Juli is also a Masters Highland Games World Champion and holds three World Records in the Braemar Stone; Heavy Weight for Distance, and Light Weight for Distance in the 45-49 class. Her 5 years of training and coaching under Mark Rippetoe has honed her coaching skills to be a top choice for you to reach your strength and conditioning goals. Juli will strongly encourage tosabarbell athletes to compete (and prepare you to do so.) However; tosabarbell is also for those who just wish to be stronger and go through life feeling better. Matt WanAt is a retired Professional Strongman who competed frequently with Strongman Champions League in Europe. He played a year of D1 football with Iowa before concentrating on his Chemical Engineering degree in Iowa City. He is a native of Wauwatosa and still remains a staunch supporter of Tosa East. This blog will be a mixture of strength notes, coaching and nutrition tips, personal shit; bacon delicacies, and a whole lot of fun.
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